Mr. Conte goes to Washington

Jul 30, 2018
Today President Donald Trump will welcome Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the White House. When Conte and Trump met earlier this year at the G7 and NATO summits, they found common ground on Russia and on anti-immigration policy. But they see things differently when it comes to trade and military spending — two issues […]
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) shakes hands with the President of the United States Donald Trump on the first day of the G7 Summit, on 8 June, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.
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European politics are causing tremors in financial markets

May 29, 2018
But, "it's also important to remember that the markets are not in anything like the kind of conditions they were when the eurozone crisis was at its most intense back in 2011 and 2012," Andrew Walker, an economics correspondent for the BBC told us.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte on Sunday at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte gave up his mandate to form a government after talks with the president over his cabinet collapsed. 

Immigration issue dominates Italian elections

Mar 1, 2018
A mass influx of migrants has been met with a political backlash.
From left, Giorgia Meloni, leader of far-right party Brothers of Italy; Silvio Berlusconi, head of the center-right Forza Italia; and Matteo Salvini, leader of far-right party the League, give a joint press conference in Rome today ahead of the March 4 general election.

Berlusconi still strides Italy's political stage

Mar 1, 2018
The conservative politician plays a central role as elections loom.
Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the Italian right-wing party Forza Italia (Go Italy), gestures as he delivers a speech on stage during a campaign rally in Milan on Feb. 25, 2018, ahead of the Italian general elections.

Uncertain mood as Italy prepares to vote

Feb 28, 2018
Unemployment and migration are center-stage as Italy prepares for election.
Massimo Ungaro, a candidate for Partito Democratico (PD) in Sunday’s election.  
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As elections approach, Italians are concerned over young adults still living with parents

Feb 26, 2018
Many of the “bamboccioni” are compelled to stay at home for economic reasons, even if they're employed, some say.
Domiziana Dominiconi and Martina Antonini, both 21, are so-called "bamboccioni," young Italian adults still living with their parents.
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Nuclear threats, financial risks and trade agreement breakdowns — what's ahead for 2018

Jan 1, 2018
Here are some of the trends identified in the Stratfor Worldview's annual forecast.

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An impossible race, and why Italians love this particular shade of red

Dec 12, 2017
In 1907, a small group of automobile enthusiasts wanted to see if it was possible to race from China to France.
A vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO which won the 1963 Le Mans GT race outside Bonham and Brooks auction house in London, 30 October 2000.

Agricultural workers in Sicily say the job is strenuous, the days are long and the wages are declining

Nov 23, 2017
Italy made $44 billion off of agricultural exports in 2016. Yet academics studying labor exploitation said worker wages are decreasing.
Rows of greenhouses can be seen from the roads leading to Vittoria, Sicily. Academics who study labor exploitation there say the daily wages have gone from 40 Euros in the past to as low as 15 Euros today. 
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Global economy still grappling with debt

Dec 22, 2016
Almost a decade after the European financial crisis started to report the financial troubles that brought about the Crash of 2008, banks, governments, and people are again heavily in debt
 Pensioners take part in an anti-austerity demonstration in central Athens on December 15, 2016.